The DeKalb County School District (DCSD) will provide students with free meals and snacks during the Winter Break, thanks to the district’s School Nutrition Services’ Holiday Giving schedule.
Daily hot lunch, on-the-go breakfast and snack services will go uninterrupted during Winter Break on Dec. 26, 27, 28 and 31, as well as Jan. 2 and 3.
The meals will be provided free of charge to all children in the DeKalb community at two locations: Stone Mountain Elementary and Woodward Elementary. Lunch will be served at 11:30 a.m. on the scheduled dates. A non-perishable breakfast will be provided for students to take home.
In addition, families are invited to take part in nutrition education training, interactive activities, a backpack giveaway, and free vision screening.
The vision screenings will take place at 9:30 a.m. until noon on Dec. 27 at Stone Mountain Elementary, and on Jan. 3 at Woodward Elementary. In addition, on Dec. 28, at both schools, “Back Pack Meals”– made up entirely of nonperishable food items will be provided to students.
Officials say research shows that students who have access to meals during breaks have a reduced risk of experiencing adverse outcomes and physiological conditions, such as impaired concentration, health and wellness, as well as cognitive and emotional development.
“When we talk about ‘wrap-around’ services at DeKalb County School District, we are talking about providing opportunities for success by any means necessary,” said DCSD Superintendent R. Stephen Green. “Thanks to our School Nutrition Services, students who rely on the district for their daily meals will continue to receive them without interruption. We will continue to support our community, and take education in DeKalb County to new heights.”